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- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (February 19, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 19, 2013
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0089LOHHO
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“This is the best book I’ve read about how to transform families. … Run, don’t walk, to get a copy” (NBC Latino)
“Makes even the most skeptical parent sit up and take note” (BONNIE ROCHMAN for Time.com)
“Refreshing. ... Feiler has an engaging stlye.” (Washington Post)
“I loved this book because it really is a new playbook for the modern-day family, something to counteract the chaos of the digital age.” (Lyss Stern, creator of Divalysscious Moms and author of If You Give a Mom a Martini)
“Not your run-of-the-mill parenting manual. … A practical, entertaining playbook that upends some of the most accepted wisdom in family-rearing today.” (Outside magazine)
“A self-help book with teeth, loaded with examples. ... The Secrets of Happy Families is comprehensive and clear, a how-to guide for dads who may not have realized they needed one. (Daddylibrium) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Bruce Feiler is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Abraham, Where God Was Born, America's Prophet, The Council of Dads, and The Secrets of Happy Families. He is a columnist for the New York Times, a popular lecturer, and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book’s premise seemed to me, once I read the introduction, to be a silly one. The author proposed to look at insights from different careers and fields of study to see how they could improve family life. For instance, how would a professional trained in conflict resolution deal with family arguments? How would a green beret build a sense of “team” in the family? This sounded pretty ridiculous (the team one still didn’t work for me) until I read the first chapter and began to see the specific ideas these people had. I found particularly intriguing the sections on “family branding,” family weekly meetings, and the need for having close relationships with extended family. Many sections of the book have original ideas, and Feiler has done his best to support them with relevant research. I think that almost all families would find some useful and helpful ideas here.
My only criticism of the book is that it definitely seemed to trail off at the end. This section largely had to do with entertainment. Some of the advice was just week or obvious (the creators of Farmville suggest playing “20 Questions” on car trips). Even Feiler seemed to think that the idea about making family trips more like an extreme competition (think: Amazing Race) was a little absurd.
On the whole, though, this was a quick read with some useful ideas. I would recommend it and expect to revisit it myself in the future.
Great book on families and what you can be doing to improve your day-to-day lives. The only reason I gave this book 4.5 stars rather than 5 is that I think the author / publisher could have offered some additional resources. The book is extremely practical, but if there was a website built in that directed you o the different tools mentioned and samples of the ideas presented, would have easily been the best 'family' book I've read.
Some stuff that's taught that I loved:
* Sit on cushy chairs when disciplining
* Work on creating intrinsic motivation in your kids
* Why date night is a waste of time
* Start having a family meeting
* Create a family motto/brand
* Your family's history is very important
* Extremely balanced view of sports, parenting, and kids - loved this chapter
All in all, an excellent book with great advice. Buy it, read it, use it. Seriously . . . for 20 bucks, this is a steal - could significantly improve your family life overnight.
My family is having our first weekly meeting tonight. This idea appeals to me a lot, because as I read this book, it occurred to me that I'm the one who keeps the calendar/logistics in my head for our family, which stresses me out somewhat, and my kids and sometimes my husband are the ones who can get caught off guard when we're suddenly trying to do three things while heading into as many different directions. We're going to use our meeting to talk about what went well, what we can improve on, have the kids pick their punishments, review the schedule for the week and set a positive tone for the coming days. I love the idea of getting together at breakfast - some days, this makes MUCH more sense than trying to pull off a dinner together given different schedules. I love the suggestions to start empowering the kids.
I'll update in a few weeks after we've been implementing some of these practices. I'm feeling pretty positive at this point.
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Ce livre est à lire en couple (chacun son tour) pour ne plus s'arrêter à des disputes stériles. Autour d'une vingtaine d'activités différentes, Bruce Feiler propose les moyens de construire et de développer le bonheur dans votre famille. La plupart des idées sont simples (si simples !). Autour d'exemples et de cas particulier expliquant la mise en place, l'auteur montre la manière de repenser les aspects (qui a dit pénible ?) du quotidien : des repas, aux "discussions", des réunions de familles aux activités.
La démarche est bonne est le mot d'ordre est claire : prenez ce qui vous intéresse, car c'est avant tout une boite à outil qui est à votre disposition. Et vous n'avez (presque) plus de raisons de ne pas être une famille heureuse.
and a dad
Let's put together these 2 things and we have this book
very cool and full of nice ideas